The past two weeks
The 2017 maple syrup crop so far is reported to be of very fine quality with rich maple flavour. Syrup producers in early southwest regions report 50 to 75 percent of a syrup crop has been processed so far with more fresh sap to come. Mid-season areas report 10 to 25 percent syrup crop so far. There will be many opportunities to visit local area syrup producers to see and taste pure maple syrup and value-added maple products.
For the week beginning February 20, in southern regions sap flow was reported moderate early in the week allowing producers who were tapped a chance to boil syrup. Continue reading
Sap flow and syrup processing update
A few maple syrup producers in early areas of Southwestern Ontario and Prince Edward County have completed tapping their sugar bush now, many are in the process of installing taps. One or two sap flows are reported earlier this week and new syrup has been processed . The sap sugar content ranges from 2.0 to 2.5 ⁰Brix and appears to be starting higher than average. Later regions have also begun tapping trees. Continue reading
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Sap harvest and syrup processing activities – April 9 to 15, 2016
It has been a long and rewarding maple syrup season across all Ontario this year for many producers. Sap harvest in southern areas, west to east, has now finished. Many central and mid-season areas are also finishing up their processing season during this past week and previous weekend. Fresh sap is still being harvested April 14 in north areas of Grey / Bruce, Haliburton and Lanark & District counties.
Sap flow activities and maple syrup processing – April 2 to 8, 2016
In Ontario, the maple syrup processing season has shaped up to be a fantastic year for syrup quality and yield, with a full range of colour grades and flavour intensities. Sap harvest and syrup processing will continue for a week or two more. The trees in sugar bushes are transitioning out of dormancy now and will begin growth over the coming weeks as temperatures warm up.
Sap flow and maple syrup processing activities – March 26 to April 1, 2016
Overview: The flavour and clarity of maple syrup this year is reported by producers as outstanding and of very high quality. The syrup season has ended now in early southern regions. Many maple syrup producers are satisfied after processing close to an average normal yield or more, including all colour grades.
Central and northern regions had a very busy week, many reporting record-breaking sap volume and seeing darker colour grades now. At least one or two more weeks of sap collection and syrup processing is expected in northern areas of Ontario.